Computer Art Released by W&W Software Sales Programmed by Bob Weber Tape 9, Program 4 1980
Computer Art is a video art program for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade that creates random art. This program is running under Bally BASIC, but it was also released for "AstroBASIC."
Bob Weber is the programmer of the W&W Software Sales programs. He wrote many dozens of programs for the Astrocade. Here is some background about the company written by Paul Thacker:
"W&W Software was a very early and prolific tape software company, with programming done by Bob Weber. They released 9 compilation tapes with five programs each, along with a couple of bonus programs. The first seven tapes (that's 35 programs) were released in 1979, with two more tapes coming in 1980. These were later re-released for AstroBASIC, but there were no new releases, though Bob Weber would occasionally publish programs in the Arcadian."
Computer Art is on Tape 9, which contains:
Inspector Clew-So - Tests your deductive powers. Solitaire - See if the computer can win! TV Ghost - Goblin insults you on Halloween. Computer Art - Geometric designs and patterns. Clock - Turn your TV into a digital clock.
An ad from the November 6, 1980 Arcadian reads:
W&W Software Sales
We have nine tapes with five programs each, with or without listings. Or get listings only so you can pick and choose any of the 45 available programs. Excellent variety, color, graphics, use of hand controller, and much more. Games, business programs, and teaching aides for children and adults. Send 25 cents for more information and a copy of Air Traffic Controller, or SAE for information only.
Bob Weber gave permission to place his software into the public domain in his interview that was posted to BallyAlley.com on May 18, 2003. Here are some quotes from that interview:
Adam - Who was the other "W" in W&W Software?
Bob - The other "W" was my wife, Jeri. She did all the business work for the company, getting a DBA, maintaining checking accounts, etc.
Adam - Could you give a little history of yourself; of your company?
Bob - I became interested in computers at a very early age. I read a lot of science fiction and was always intrigued by the stories involving computers. I made first contact in 1967 at RETS Electronic school. They had a training computer called the Bitran 6. I was hooked from then on. I taught myself programming on a reverse polish notation calculator that was able to run 72 step programs. Next came the Bally with its unique tiny basic, and finally, the TI99/4A. I've done a little programming since then, but there is so much available on the Internet, and so little time, I have given up programming in BASIC.
Adam - Could you make this official, and donate your programs into the public domain?
Bob - All my programs are public domain. We really did not sell very many back then, and it was mostly for fun. We sold them to try and cover the expense of tapes and mailing. I think altogether we only took in about $200.00
Adam - What type of software and hardware did you use (Bally BASIC, Blue Ram, Keyboard, printer, etc)?
Bob - I eventually had it all. I had a Blue Ram, a keyboard, and a thermal printer. There was a Blue Ram kit you could buy back then and a lot of us assembled our own to save money. Those were the days, huh?
This video is broken into several parts. Here is a breakdown of the entire video to make viewing it easier to find what you're looking for in this video:
0:00 - Computer Art, Overview of Program 4:32 - Computer Art - Running the program 22:53 - Computer Art - BASIC Program Listing 24:15 - End Credits
"Computer Art" is some of the earliest computer art that was sold for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade. It's a great way to start your journey into viewing video art on this system.